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Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds
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Linux at 25: Q&A With Linus Torvalds

Linus Torvalds created the original core of the Linux operating system in 1991 as a computer science student at the University of Helsinki in Finland.

Q&A: Supratik Guha
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Q&A: Supratik Guha

Supratik Guha, director for Argonne National Laboratory's Center for Nanoscale Materials and its Nanoscience & Technology Division, gives his perspective on where...

From Reagan's Cyber Plan to Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'
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From Reagan's Cyber Plan to Apple Vs. FBI: 'Everything Is Up For Grabs'

The heated debate between the FBI and Apple over the encryption of the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the two people who massacred 14 people in San Bernardino...

The Current State of Artificial Intelligence, According to Nvidia's CEO
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The Current State of Artificial Intelligence, According to Nvidia's CEO

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang weighs in on data centers, driverless cars, and deep learning technology.

Solving Silicon Valley's Gender Problem
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Solving Silicon Valley's Gender Problem

In an interview, former Stanford University Graduate School of Business doctoral students Julie Oberweis and Monica Leas discuss the genesis of a survey detailing...

Inside Apple CEO Tim Cook's Fight With the FBI
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Inside Apple CEO Tim Cook's Fight With the FBI


Cyberwar, Out of the Shadows
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Cyberwar, Out of the Shadows

A hacking attack on a Las Vegas hotel company. A power grid blackout in the Ukraine. A series of industrial accidents at an Iranian nuclear enrichment lab.

Head of British Intelligence Agency on Apple, Snowden, and Regrets
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Head of British Intelligence Agency on Apple, Snowden, and Regrets

Shortly after Robert Hannigan took over the British signals-intelligence agency GCHQ in 2014, he implored technology companies to do more to facilitate investigations...

Surprising Tips from a Super-Hacker
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Surprising Tips from a Super-Hacker

Virtually everyone in technology knows about Kevin Mitnick, who in the 1970s, '80s and '90s was a notorious fugitive hacker on the run from the FBI.

Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead
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Europe's Antitrust Enforcer on Google, Apple and the Year Ahead

Margrethe Vestager is already having a busy 2016.

Why Digital Security Is an 'Arms Race' Between Firms and the Feds
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Why Digital Security Is an 'Arms Race' Between Firms and the Feds

The Apple-FBI standoff, where Apple is refusing to write special software that would help investigators crack into an iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters...

'Code Is Speech' Expert Cindy Cohn Explains Key Argument in Apple's Fight with the FBI
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'Code Is Speech' Expert Cindy Cohn Explains Key Argument in Apple's Fight with the FBI

Apple's argument that a court order forcing it to write software code violates its First Amendment rights is legally sound and raises serious concerns, according...

Snowden Lawyer: Bill of Rights Was Meant to Make Government's Job 'More Difficult'
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Snowden Lawyer: Bill of Rights Was Meant to Make Government's Job 'More Difficult'

Ben Wizner, a top attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, is probably best known for being one of the lawyers representing Ed Snowden, the former National...

NSA Chief: 'Paris Would Not Have Happened' Without Encrypted Apps
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NSA Chief: 'Paris Would Not Have Happened' Without Encrypted Apps

National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers warns that encryption is making it "much more difficult" for the agency to intercept the communications of...

The President's NSA Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert
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The President's NSA Advisory Board Finally Gets a Tech Expert

It's taken more than a decade, but a critical oversight board tasked with advising the president on the privacy and civil liberties implications of the NSA's surveillance...

Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life
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Searching for the Algorithms Underlying Life

To the computer scientist Leslie Valiant, "machine learning" is redundant.

It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence
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It's Been 20 Years Since This Man Declared Cyberspace Independence

When digital dystopians and critics of Internet libertarians need a rhetorical dart board, they often pull out a document written by John Perry Barlow, co-founder...

From Exile to Eminence: How the Alien Hunters Conquered Astronomy
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From Exile to Eminence: How the Alien Hunters Conquered Astronomy

When Jill Tarter first began to look for aliens, she drew looks askance from her friends and colleagues.

Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance
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Snowden's Chronicler Reveals Her Own Life Under Surveillance

Laura Poitras has a talent for disappearing. In her early documentaries like My Country, My Country and The Oath, her camera seems to float invisibly in rooms where...

Why Safe Harbor 2.0 Will Lose Again
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Why Safe Harbor 2.0 Will Lose Again

Over the weekend, negotiators from the European Union's executive body, and the US Federal Trade Commission worked frantically to thrash out a deal to allow transatlantic...
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